Governor Greg Abbott prepared the state’s resources today as heavy rains, flash floods and river flooding threaten South Texas and the Coastal Curve over the next few days. A high risk of flash floods is expected along the Texas Coastal Curve today and tomorrow, with riverine flooding expected to occur in the Coastal Curve and parts of South Texas tomorrow.
“The severe storms hitting our communities in South Texas and Coastal Bend pose a serious threat from flash floods and river floods, and I urge Texans in these areas to heed the advice of local authorities and take precautions. to protect themselves and their loved ones, ”Governor Abbott said. “The State of Texas has put on hold several resources to support the local response to this weather, and we stand ready to provide additional support if necessary to keep Texans safe.”
Under the governor’s direction, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has established the following state resources to support severe weather response operations:
- Texas A&M Forest Service: saw crews
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One, Texas Task Force Two and Texas A&M Task Force One Region 3): boat squads and urban search and rescue kits
- Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife: Texas Game Ranger boat crews
- Texas Department of State Health Services: Severe Weather Packages from Texas Emergency Medical Task Force
- Texas Department of Public Safety: helicopters with lift capacity
- Texas Department of Transportation: Premium Vehicles with Operators
- Texas Utilities Commission: Monitoring / coordinating power outages with utility providers in the threat area.
Texans are urged to follow these tips for flood preparedness and safety during severe weather:
- Know the types of flood hazards in your area. Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center for more information here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home
- Subscribe to your community’s alert system. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to make a kit, visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit
- Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Home insurance policies do not cover flooding. It usually takes up to 30 days for a policy to take effect, so the time to buy is long before a disaster occurs. Obtain flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
- Keep important documents in an airtight container. Create password-protected digital copies.
- Check the road condition via DriveTexas.org
- Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
Be extremely careful with water on roads or in streams, streams, storm sewers or other areas – never attempt to cross streams or drive on flooded roads and always watch barricades roads placed for your protection. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.